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Global South primates meet, issue statement

Global South primates meet, issue statement

The meeting of the Global South primates has concluded and they have issued a communique.

What was the theme of the conference?

1. We, the Primates and representatives of 17 Global South Provinces, met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18-20 July 2012, in conjunction with the Global South Conference on the Decade of Mission and Networking.

2. The theme of Conference called the Church to “Be Transformed by the Renewing of the mind to Obedience of Faith for Holistic Mission in a Radically Changing Global Landscape”, offering our sanctified bodies and renewed minds as living sacrifices for our Lord’s glory.

The communique in short order turns to North America:

6. We note with great sadness the passing of Resolution A049 at the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church which authorized a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions. This action confirms our disappointment that The Episcopal Church has no regard for the concerns and convictions of the vast majority of Anglicans worldwide.

7. We stand in solidarity with our brethren in the Communion Partners who have dissented from this action. We uphold them in prayer and support them in fellowship as they continue in their commitment to the evangelical faith and catholic order of the Church, as expressed in their Minority Report known as The Indianapolis Statement.

8. We also appreciate and support all the faithful in Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as well as those in the Anglican Church in Canada who remain true to our biblical and historic faith.

No surprises there except in what is not said — no threats, no vitriol.

And there is every indication the group is committed to the Anglican Communion:

9. We deeply respect and appreciate our historical and spiritual relationship with the See of Canterbury. We have written to the Crown Nominations Commission with concerns from the Global South and important principles for consideration as it nominates candidates for the appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Crown Nominations Commission has issued an invitation to all in the communion to share their thoughts concerning the appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury.


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Cynthia Katsarelis

I think the primates from the Global South should exercise some humility here. TEC has studied and reflected on the LGBT issues for 30+ years. The Global South has superb examples of human rights leaders, like Desmond Tutu, who has linked the dignity of all people as being true to the living and loving God. People from the Global South have suffered greatly from racism and horrific exploitation from the “1st World.” Who are the first to call our leaders on this? The liberals, i.e. those who believe in the dignity of all people, including both LGBT and impoverished and exploited people in the global south. Such a shame that having gained their voice, some want to use it to oppress others. Is that really what they think Jesus wants for their people? There is so much work to do in the area of poverty and human dignity, and they are going to spend their time and energy alienating their strongest advocates, oppressing people, and in some cases, advocating for human rights atrocities (such as the anti-gay laws in Uganda, and intolerance that has lead to murders there)? Really? Are they going to turn away money, medicine, education, and malaria nets from TEC? Are they severing ties with Episcopal Relief and Development?

They have a lot of work to do in their own provinces. I have a feeling that what’s going on at the primate level is decidedly disconnected from the grass roots. They have a top down, patriarchal system. They are hardly making room for the spirit to move via women, and lay people. Their whole outlook is so undemocratic, so male dominated, so dependent on power politics over dialogue, reflection, prayer, and exchange of ideas, that I can’t take them seriously.

When the church of the Global South starts allowing the voices of all of their people to speak, rich, poor, male, female, gay, straight, black, brown, white, etc., I’ll start to listen.

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